Rehabilitation work commences

first_imgBreached Mahaicony DamAfter a month of inundation, farmers and residents in the backlands of Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara can breathe easier as the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary-Agricultural Developmental Authority (MMA-ADA) has commenced rehabilitating two major breaches along the Perth Canal.MMA General Manager Aubrey CharlesDuring this month, Guyana Times had been highlighting that the unrepaired breach flooded hundreds of acres of farmlands during high tides as well as several residences along Company Dam, New Providence.This newspaper was told Monday that the MMA had deployed a hymac to the area on Friday to commence corrective works but some setbacks delayed the rehabilitation.When Guyana Times contacted farmers who were adversely affected, they related that they are overjoyed that works have finally begun.One female farmer noted however, that while she is appreciative of the works, small amounts of flooding still occurs at high tide. She is of the view that if the situation wasn’t highlighted in the media, nothing would have been done.General Manager of MMA Aubrey Charles when contacted last Tuesday confirmed that works would have begun. Based on an assessment, he noted that some months after the dam was constructed, it settled and thus its height was reduced.“After the settlement, the height of the dam was below the designed level,” Charles had told Guyana Times.The manager also said that the spring tide overflow caused soil erosions which facilitated the widening of the breaches, occasioning heavy flooding.The dam at Perth Canal which was rehabilitated around six months ago when dry weather was prevailing, collapsed shortly after. The farmers had earlier appealed to the MMA-ADA to repair the broken sections but their repeated calls were unheaded.They expressed frustration over the fact that the recent El Niño period was the ideal time to have done the repairs but nothing was done to assist them. Now that the rainy season has started, they lamented that they have to suffer losses.last_img read more

Snowfall warning continues for B.C. Peace Region

first_imgB.C. North & South Peace River4:46 AM PST Thursday 12 December 2013Snowfall warning for B.C. North & South Peace River continuedA further 5 to 15 cm of snow is expected by this evening.This is a warning that significant snowfall is expected or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements.- Advertisement -An intense frontal system is continuing to move through British Columbia today. Heavy snow has been falling all night in the central and northern interior regions as well as the Southern Yukon regions. Listed below are some snowfall amount storm totals up to 4:00 AM PST this morning.Quesnel 29 cm Prince George 26 cm Williams Lake 24 cm Whitehorse 24 cm whiskers point (Williston region) 24 cm Dease Lake 24 cm Fort St. John 18 cmAdvertisement The snow is expected to continue for much of the day. Further snowfall amounts of 5 to 15 cm is expected by this evening bringing the totals to between 25 to 40 cm.last_img read more

Arsenal draw ends realistic hopes of top-four finish

first_img0Shares0000The draw leaves Unai Emery’s men in fifth spot, three points behind north London rivals Tottenham, who have a far superior goal difference, and means they can no longer catch Chelsea, who have 71 points.LONDON, United Kingdom. May 5 – Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League via a top-four finish in the Premier League were all but snuffed out on Sunday as they were held 1-1 by lowly Brighton.The draw leaves Unai Emery’s men in fifth spot, three points behind north London rivals Tottenham, who have a far superior goal difference, and means they can no longer catch Chelsea, who have 71 points. Leaders Liverpool and Manchester City have already sealed the top two spots ahead of the final round of Premier League fixtures next weekend.Arsenal can also reach the Champions League by winning the Europa League and they are in a strong position to reach the final, 3-1 up after the home leg of their semi-final against Valencia.Emery made five changes for their final Premier League home game, juggling the club’s league ambitions with Thursday’s second leg in Valencia, including recalls for Nacho Monreal, Lucas Torreira and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.Arsenal were impressive in the early stages at the Emirates and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck from the penalty spot in the ninth minute after Monreal was brought down in the area by Alireza Jahanbakhsh.The visitors, whose Premier League survival was assured when Cardiff lost at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday, came back strongly, putting pressure on a nervy home side but Aubameyang went close shortly before half-time.Brighton levelled from a disputed penalty in the 61st minute.Solly March went down under minimal contact from Granit Xhaka and Glenn Murray found the net from the resulting spot-kick.Aubameyang missed a golden chance to restore Arsenal’s lead as the home side poured forward and Ryan blocked an effort from Alexandre Lacazette.Emery then made a triple substitution, throwing on Matteo Guendouzi, Alex Iwobi and Sead Kolasinac for Mkhitaryan, Xhaka and Lichtsteiner but despite frantic late Arsenal pressure, they could not find a winner.They have a goal difference of +20, compared to Tottenham’s +28, meaning Spurs, who host Everton next week, are almost assured of finishing the season in fourth spot.Arsenal travel to face Burnley in their final league game.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgOver the bar…sorry, over the moon. The happy couple with Fr PatCongratulations to Darren Gallagher and Leanna O’Donnell who confirmed their love at a beautiful ceremony in St. Mary’s in Kincasslagh yesterday.There will never be a row in their house over club football.Both of them play for Naomh Muire!  NAOMH MUIRE PLAYERS DARREN AND LEANNA SAY: ‘WE DO’ was last modified: August 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Darren GallagherKINCASSLAGHLeanna O’DonnellNAOMH MUIREweddinglast_img read more

Winners better be wary

first_img Organized labor – which fought off a Schwarzenegger measure that would have made it harder for unions to use members’ dues for political campaigns – also is expected to join together to block Schwarzenegger’s effort to reform the state pension system, as well as potentially get a measure on the ballot to restrict corporations’ ability to make political contributions without shareholder approval. They could also try again to get a minimum wage increase after Schwarzenegger vetoed one this year. The California Nurses Association – which emerged as a power player in the special election when it was one of the first groups to publicly criticize Schwarzenegger’s efforts – will be pushing for a few reform proposals of its own. The nurses, angry at Schwarzenegger for efforts to change the nurse-staffing ratio, were not big spenders during the campaign but were persistent and creative in their attacks on the governor, following him even to out-of-state events with picket signs and fly-over banners. While administration officials said the move was not related to the governor’s election loss – and the nurses’ role in it – just a few days afterward, the administration dropped its court challenge aimed at overturning the nurse-patient ratio. The nurses say they now are looking to go after their main political opposition – big health-care companies and hospitals – with proposals for campaign-finance reform, universal health care and closing corporate tax loopholes. “We said pretty clearly since the election that California voters sent a very strong signal that they’re not interested in bogus reforms,” said CNA spokesman Chuck Idelson. “What is needed now are genuine reforms that address the real problems that face Californians, including the corruption of our political system by wealthy corporations, the health-care crisis and the inequity of our budget, in which so much of the burden falls on low- and middle-income taxpayers.” Other union groups are also looking at another strike against corporations – a proposed ballot measure that would require companies to obtain prior shareholder approval before spending money on political activities. The initiative would be a retaliatory countermeasure to Proposition 75, which would have required unions to get prior consent from every member before spending money for political purposes. For his part, Schwarzenegger now faces growing pressure to portray himself as more moderate and centrist to win back a disenchanted electorate and buoy his sagging approval ratings. He also faces a delicate balancing act between the newly empowered unions and the business interests – particularly corporate chief executives and developers – that were big contributors to his ballot efforts. The biggest contributors to Schwarzenegger’s California Recovery Team were William Robinson, retired founder of the DHL delivery services, who gave $2.25 million; Stockton developer Alex Spanos, $1.5 million; and Univision chief executive Jerold Perenchio, $1.5 million. Schwarzenegger has been closely allied with the California Chamber of Commerce and big-business interests from the beginning of his administration. The chamber led the $12 million signature-gathering effort to get Schwarzenegger’s measures on the ballot, and chamber President Allan Zaremberg was among business leaders who traveled with the governor on his China trade mission last week. The group, which has had limited success getting its bills through the Democratic Legislature, has not yet formalized its agenda for next year but is expected to continue pushing pro-job measures. “As is always the case with the chamber, we’ll be focused on policies and an agenda that helps create jobs and keep California’s economy on the right track,” chamber spokeswoman Sara Lee said. But political analysts note that all special interests – even those that were successful in the special election – have to be careful in pushing too blatantly for an agenda that benefits only their group. “I think they have to be very careful about it looking like a quid pro quo,” said Barbara O’Connor, director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and the Media at California State University, Sacramento. “And all of the politicians know that, because you have a mighty angry electorate out there. Whatever is done needs to pass the smell test. I think they have to be very careful – and not gloat.” Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 More than $250 million was spent in the special-election campaign. Here are some of the biggest donors: Contributors to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s California Recovery Team: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: $4.25 million William Robinson: $2.25 million Jerold Perenchio: $1.5 million Alex Spanos: $1.5 million Californians for Schwarzenegger 2006: $1 million Wayne Hughes: $1 million Boone Pickens: $500,000 T. Gary Rogers: $500,000 Contributors to The Alliance for a Better California: California Teachers Association: $17 million (plus $33 million to other committees) California State Council of Service Employees Issues Committee: $5.4 million Service Employees International Union Local 1000: $1.6 million California Correctional Peace Officers Association: $4.7 million California Federation of Teachers: $700,000 American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees: $500,000 Contributors to the pharmaceutical industry’s Yes on 78 and No on 79 campaign: Abbott Laboratories: $4.5 million Amgen: $4.5 million AstraZeneca: $4.5 million Aventis: $4.5 million Bristol-Meyers Squibb: $4.5 million Eli Lilly: $4.5 million Novartis: $4.5 million Wyeth: $4.5 million GlaxoSmithKline: $10 million Johnson & Johnson: $10 million Merck: $10 million Pfizer: $10 million Source: Secretary of State’s Office 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger framed his special-election government-reform agenda partly as an attack against the power of special interests in Sacramento, especially the unions. But after the unions successfully fought back and handed the governor a stinging defeat of all his ballot measures, political analysts say the governor’s special election might simply have made special interests even more powerful. And when state government gears up again in January – with the return of the legislative session, the release of the governor’s proposed 2006-07 budget and his State of the State speech – those special interests are expected to leverage their increased influence. “There’s no question (the unions) solidified their power,” said government watchdog Robert Stern, president of the Los Angeles-based Center for Governmental Studies. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “This is the first time the governor has lost a ballot-measure election. And he lost it big-time. I think they enhanced their muscle. They may have veto power over a lot of legislation.” Spending exceeded $250 million in the campaign, with the biggest donations coming from unions, which spent at least $100 million – more than half from the California Teachers Association. Schwarzenegger and his allies, relying on traditional Republican big-business donors, spent about $50 million. The pharmaceutical industry spent about $80 million to support Proposition 78 and defeat Proposition 79. Successfully fighting off the governor’s effort to make it harder for teachers to gain tenure, the teachers union now is expected to ratchet up efforts to push Schwarzenegger to restore education funding to the state budget. The group has long argued that Schwarzenegger failed to restore full funding for education after striking an agreement with the teachers to let him borrow school funds to balance the budget. last_img read more

Probe targets UCI, St. Vincent

first_imgU.S. Sen. Charles E. Grassley wants federal officials who oversee organ transplantation to explain why regulators didn’t catch the low survival rate and other problems at UCI Medical Center’s liver program. The inquiry is part of a larger review of organ transplantation nationwide by Grassley, R-Iowa, who is also targeting improprieties at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles. The University of California, Irvine Medical Center closed its liver transplant program last month after a federal report showed the hospital had rejected dozens of livers offered for transplantation and hadn’t done enough of the procedures to meet federal standards. More than 30 patients died while waiting for transplants by the hospital during the past two years, according to federal data. Grassley, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said he was concerned that regulators did virtually nothing for more than three years after the hospital failed to meet federal Medicare standards. Grassley asked Duke whether her agency or the United Network for Organ Sharing, which runs the national organ procurement and distribution system under a federal contract, had intervened in any way. David Bowman, a spokesman for the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, said the agency would try to address Grassley’s concerns “very soon.” The United Network for Organ Sharing said it is cooperating with the senator’s review. UCI has created a task force to study what went wrong with the liver program and placed Dr. Ralph Cygan, the hospital’s chief executive, on paid leave during the inquiry. Grassley is also investigating St. Vincent Medical Center, which closed its liver transplant program earlier this year after finding that doctors in 2003 gave an organ to a man who was not among the neediest patients and that staff covered it up. ,160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “It appears that patients almost certainly died, whether because an organ that could have been transplanted was refused, or because the transplant team was out of practice due to the low volume of transplants,” Grassley wrote in a letter Tuesday to Elizabeth Duke, administrator of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. UCI said it refused most of the organs because they were of poor quality. But Grassley said it appeared the reason may have been a lack of capacity to perform transplants due to personnel problems. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that UCI’s liver program had a one-year survival rate of 68 percent to 70 percent between July 2001 and June 2004, well below the federal requirement of 77 percent. The hospital also performed far fewer than the 12 transplants a year required by the federal government. The report found that UCI hadn’t had a full-time liver transplant surgeon since late 2003 and had contracted with two surgeons from San Diego, about 90 miles away. last_img read more


first_imgA Co Donegal man has been appointed as the new director of one of Australia’s biggest art galleries.John Cunningham, left, has received a prestigious appointment.McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, has made well-known Ardara man John Cunningham its new director.Cunningham replaces outgoing director Robert Lindsay. Lindsay announced that he would be stepping down from the position in February.Cunningham brings a wealth of Australian and international experience to the role.At present, he is the director of the Warrnambool Art Gallery.John is well-known across Donegal where his previous roles include deputy director of the Regional Cultural Centre in Ireland and manager of the Letterkenny Arts Centre. He also has a keen interest in the intersection between art, science and locale.During his four-year tenure at Warrnambool, the gallery garnered its highest audience numbers, with a huge 73 per cent jump in visitors.  Read more: MAN APPOINTED DIRECTOR AT ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST ART GALLERIES was last modified: May 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ardaraart galleryAustraliadonegalJohn Cunninghamlast_img read more


first_imgThe vandalised trees at Port Road in Letterkenny this morning.The Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Gerry McMonagle has reacted with fury after vandals attacked mature trees on the main road into the town.The vandals tore a number of branches from mature trees at Port Road overnight.Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Gerry McMonagle.The route is a popular one with walkers and the council have spent years developing and tending to the trees. Cllr McMonagle said those who attacked the trees were nothing more than “senseless morons.”He has also said flogging those responsible for wrecking the trees with the very branches hat they ripped off would not be a bad idea.“I can’t tell you how infuriated and angry I am. These people are nothing better than senseless morons.“The Tidy Towns committee have spent years trying to develop these tress so they give a good impression on the way into our town. “And overnight the idiots come along and try to undo all that good work.“People might think I’m reacting a little bit strongly here but I would go as far as to say that these people should be flogged with the branches that they ripped from those beautiful trees,” he said.And he warned that those responsible for the act of wanton vandalism will hopefully still face the courts.He revealed “This particular area is well-covered by the town’s CCTV system and I will be trying my best to ensure that whoever did this is identified.“We will work with the Gardai in trying to identify these people and hopefully bring them before the courts.” MAYOR SAYS THOSE WHO ATTACKED TREES SHOULD BE FLOGGED WITH BRANCHES was last modified: August 31st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CLLR GERRY MCMONAGLEFLOGGEDletterkennytreeslast_img read more

SA, Swaziland strengthen ties

first_img20 December 2004Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has concluded a two-day visit to Swaziland where she and her counterpart, Senator Mabili Dlamini, launched a joint bilateral commission for co-operation between the two countries.Dlamini-Zuma also paid a courtesy call on the country’s prime minister, Absalom Themba Dlamini.Dlamini-Zuma and Dlamini discussed bilateral relations between South Africa and Swaziland, Swaziland’s constitution-making process and judicial situation, and the work of the African Union, Nepad and the African Peer Review Mechanism.Dlamini-Zuma will chair a meeting of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation in Pretoria on Tuesday.Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said the foreign ministers of Namibia and Lesotho would also attend the meeting.Dlamini-Zuma’s delegation will include Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota, Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad and senior officials from the foreign affairs and defence departments.Issues on the agenda will include the operationalisation of an early warning centre; the operationalisation of the African Standby Force, with particular reference to the SADC Regional Brigade; progress with the regional peacekeeping centre; and preparations for elections in the region.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Real-Time Web Summit: Announcing the Live Streams and Our Next Premium Report

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Today is the big day! It’s time for the ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit. Hundreds of people working on or with real-time web technologies have come to Mountain View, California and ReadWriteWeb staff has arrived from around the world as well.We’ll be live-streaming selected sessions from the event, starting at 8:30 AM PST, thanks to You can see and join the Twitter-chatter by using the hashtags #rtwsummit or #rtws. We’ve set up a page displaying both the live video and the flowing hashtag stream at Conversation there has begun already. But wait, there’s more!The Real-Time Web and Its Future: A Premium ReportWe’re also excited to announce that our next premium report will be on the topic of the real-time web and is available for pre-order starting today. Our first report, the ReadWriteWeb Guide to Online Community Management, was a commercial and critical success (most recently it got nice links from CNN and PBS). This next report should be even better – we’ve interviewed more than 40 companies building or using the real-time web and now hundreds of people will be discussing various parts of the real-time story today at the Summit. All the knowledge we’ve gleaned from all those conversations will be expertly concentrated into one high-value research report that you can pre-order starting today.Please note that this is a different beast from the conference e-book documenting Summit sessions that all registered Summit participants will receive at no cost. And Now Get Ready For a Deep Dive!We hope you’ll join us in person or online for an in-depth conversation with some of the smartest people around the world who are working on the real-time web.In the meantime, please check out these sponsors, whose generosity made this whole thing possible. Several have come from outside the United States to participate in the Real-Time Web Summit, so please join me in learning about what they do in thanks for their support. See you on the live stream! A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Features#Real-Time Web#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more